June’s the Month for Foodies and Film Buffs in Palm Desert

Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week used to feel like "so many restaurants, so little time!" Now supersized to more than two weeks, Restaurant Week offers plenty of opportunity to dine at the best restaurants in Palm Desert and the Coachella Valley from June 1 to 17. Visit an old favorite, or try a new hot spot! Each participating restaurant serves up three-course dinners priced at $29, $39 or $49, and many offer lunch menus, too, priced from $15-25. Plan your culinary journey by browsing the event's website where you can search by cuisine, city or price point, and view each restaurant's special offerings.

Showcasing more than 325 films from 100 countries, the acclaimed Palm Springs International ShortFest is the largest short film festival in North America. Screenings are presented as themed, 90-minute-long programs of four to ten films each, making it easy to find a genre or cinematic style that appeals to you. This weeklong festival, held from June 19-25, is a qualifying event for the Oscars. Film fans can also participate in seminars, classes and Q&A sessions at this decidedly casual and slightly offbeat event.

Looking for entertainment other than the latest movie blockbusters? The McCallum Theatre's 2018 Summer Institute is a sensational way to see developing artists in exciting and affordable matinee performances geared towards the whole family. This month, enjoy shows by Miwa Matreyek, a multimedia artist who blends animation and live performance; "Mexico de Tierra a Mar," performed by Pacifico Dance Company and featuring Mariachi los Toros; and "The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures," performed by David Gonzalez.

The Indoor Certified Farmers' Market has returned to Westfield Palm Desert for a second summer to the delight of shoppers who yearn for farm-fresh fruit, vegetables and artisan foods all year round. Open Sundays from 9am-1:30pm, the market can be found on the lower level Main Court, adjacent to World Gym.

Courtesy of Palm-Desert.org.